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FA Cup 2018/19: 4 top talking points about football’s greatest knockout competition

The long road to the FA Cup Final at Wembley gets underway on August 11 when 368 non-league clubs kick-off this season’s competition. A total of 736 clubs have entered the 2018/19 FA Cup, although only a handful hold a realistic chance of lifting the famous trophy next May. Eighteen clubs will make their FA Cup debuts this term, with all of them entering the competition in its preliminary stage. Read on as we look at some of the main…
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Performing above expectations at the 2018 World Cup

Along with every World Cup competition, there are always a few surprises that occur. Seemingly every time there are some teams that fail to live up to expectations while others exceed them. The 2018 World Cup was no exception with the top two favourites, Brazil and Germany, being eliminated early from the competition. Germany within the opening rounds and Brazil in the quarter final. On the other hand, there were many teams that did well in the competition, improving significantly…
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The UEFA Nations League, an internationals revolution?

With the marvellous Russian FIFA World Cup having just ended, attention is now turning to the new international competition which will begin in September 2018: the UEFA Nations League. This competition, which involves the 55 member associations of UEFA, aims to replace international friendlies but has elicited mixed reactions from club managers, national coaches and the public. (more…)
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VAR: the new referee in World Cup group matches

With the end of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is possible to make an initial summary of the utilisation of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia. Although the new technology allows the correction of some errors, it also brought some new controversies. In this article, the most important uses of the VAR during the first two weeks of the competition are highlighted and we suggest how the competition would have progressed without VAR. (more…)
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World Cup presents opportunity for Ballon d’Or 2018

The World Cup is the biggest stage of all and the perfect opportunity for the top players on the planet to show what they can do. There is no other football tournament like it and fans from around the globe are watching on as the two biggest stars of the game go head-to-head for their countries. (more…)
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